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The Legal System Had Its Hands Full Today: Smollett, Roger Stone, Epstein, and Mark Harris

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | February 21, 2019 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | February 21, 2019 |


The latest from America’s court system:

— A court has set bond at $100,000 for Jussie Smollett and confiscated his passport. He’s been indicted for felony filing a false police report after perpetrating a hate-crime hoax, because he was allegedly dissatisfied with his Empire salary. He faces three years in prison. He also paid the Nigerian men with a check. An actual, literal check, which he signed with his own signature.

— North Carolina Republican Representative Mark Harris — whose 905-vote margin of victory in last November’s election was called into doubt because of election tampering — is now calling for a new election after a four-day hearing. He changed his mind after his own son — a federal prosecutor — testified against him.

— A judge in Florida has ruled that federal prosecutors broke the law when they signed a plea agreement with Jeffrey Epstein, accused of sex trafficking and raping numerous underage women. One of those federal prosecutors is the current U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta. Epstein served just 13 months in prison and never had to name his accomplices, some of which may have been high-profile politicians.

— Meanwhile, Britain Eakin has offered a thrilling minute-by-minute account of Roger Stone’s hearing today for posting an Instagram photo of the judge overseeing his case with crosshairs near the judge’s face. Roger Stone repeatedly shot himself in the foot and by the end of his testimony, Stone’s own lawyers were like, “¯\_(ツ)_/¯”

The judge is modifying his gag order.

— Finally, the rumor is that the Mueller Report could arrive next week.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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